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Teaching Black History in Britain

Black abolitionists like Olaudah Equiano and Henry Highland Garnet must not be overshadowed by William Wilberforce and reinforce the myth of a compassionate and benevolent UK ending slavery.

Campaigners are not about to give up, and it looks likely that the government will come under increasing pressure to make real and practical changes to the curriculum for 2007.

Black people are forced to search high and low for our history because schools have hidden it.

Prior to the start of mass migration to Britain, the role of black soldiers in British wars from the 18th century onwards to the first black writers was never in question.

But as the black community grew, evidence of their history began to disappear. Some academics believe schools have deliberately ignored the success of black individuals and the great civilisations of Africa.

This conspiracy of silence about black history, now embodied by the national curriculum, has led many communities to set up supplementary schools.

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Garnett


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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